Meet the organizers
Professor Sailesh Kumar and Professor Vicki Clifton are the co-leads who concepted and organized the symposium with support from the organizing committee.
Prof. Vicki Clifton is Professor Vicki Clifton is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow at Mater Research. Vicki is currently one of the Program Leaders of the Mothers, Babies and Women’s Health Research Theme and leader of the Pregnancy and Development research group, with a team of six at Mater. Vicki has established an international reputation as leader in the field of asthma and pregnancy research and has authored more than 160 publications. She has a specific interest in the sex specific differences in the fetal-placental response to complications of pregnancy understanding the different strategies male and female fetuses institute to cope with adverse events in pregnancy and how this ensures their survival in early life. Her work has focussed on the recruitment of pregnant women and following them longitudinally to determine how maternal health and stress can change in pregnancy, and how that may affect the placenta, fetus and health of the child in the long term.
Prof. Sailesh Kumar is Head of the Mothers', Babies' and Women's Health research program and leads the Genesis Maternal Fetal Medicine Research Group at Mater Research, with a group of seven researchers. He is also Head of the Academic Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Queensland (UQ) and Senior Specialist in Maternal & Fetal Medicine/Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Mater Mothers' Hospital. Sailesh leads an active perinatal research group in fetal therapy and fetal imaging, and currently works on development of techniques for better prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes. He has written a popular Fetal Medicine Handbook and has over 110 publications. In the United Kingdom (UK) he supervised to completion five PhD and 22 Masters Students. He currently supervises a number of PhD and Honours students at UQ.